Deeb is the Winner of Five World Series of Poker Bracelets
Shaun Deeb is one of the most successful poker players in recent times. With five World Series of Poker bracelets to his name between 2015 and today, he is fast catching players who have been entering WSOP events for decades. In addition, Deeb has dominated the online poker game. He won ‘Player of the Year’ three times at the World Championship of Online Poker - and boasts multiple Spring Championship of Online Poker wins.
This page is part of a series of profiles covering the pros who have been successful at the World Series of Poker. Below you will find Shaun Deeb’s bracelet tally, poker success, strategy, and bio.
Shaun Deeb at the World Series of Poker
Deeb’s first ever successes at the World Series of Poker came in 2007. He cashed three times in the series that year. Seven more cashes came during 2009 and 2010, before Deeb would make the final table at events in 2011 and 2012. However, that elusive breakthrough to win would wait for a few more years.
It was in 2015 that he finally made that bracelet winning breakthrough. That year he would cash six times and make a career best three final tables. It was in the $10,000 Pot Limit Hold’em event that he finally finished as the last man standing - pocketing more than $300,000 in prize money.
That win could be the first of many deep runs and bracelets. In 2016 he followed it up by winning more than $100,000 in the $1,500 Seven Card Stud for his second bracelet.
Winning Millions: 2018 to 2021
In 2018, Deeb won two events. The first of these was in the eye-watering $25,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha 8-max event. This resulted in the largest pay check of his career of more than $1.4 million. He followed it up by landing the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em six handed championship and a prize of $814,179.
2021 would see Deeb win the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8-max event again, this time around winning more than $1.25 million.
The only other seven figure success for Deeb came in the 2012 WSOP One Drop Mega Satellite event, where he finished second and won a prize worth exactly $1 million.
It is surprising that Deeb has never had much success at the Main Event. In 2018 he finished 105th, which to this day, is his highest ever finish.
Other Poker Successes for Shaun Deeb
Outside of the World Series of Poker, Deeb’s largest live tournament successes have come at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Here, a $25,500 buy-in was converted into a win worth $778,000. This made up for the previous year when he played the same event and came second, taking home $534,000.
Deeb has cashed seven times in World Poker Tour events and three times on the European Poker Tour but has failed to convert any of those cashes into wins.
High Stakes Online Crusher
Much of Deeb’s success has come online. He has enjoyed five wins in the World Championship of Online Poker hosted by PokerStars. His five wins between 2008 and 2018 have come at a variety of poker formats including No-Limit Hold’em, 5-Card Draw, Pot Limit Omaha and Pot Limit Omaha Hi Lo.
Perhaps Deeb’s greatest ever run came at the 2012 Spring Championship of Online Poker. He would win an incredible four events (he also won a single event in 2010).
Poker Playing Style of Shaun Deeb
Deeb has the ability to mix up his play at the poker tables. Unusually for a successful player, Deeb employs the slow play on a regular basis. This involves disguising a huge hand, preferring to let his opponents make the big bet moves before he pounces. However, there is much more to his game than that. He employs pot control well but can also be hyper aggressive when he enters a hand. With all these different moves in his repertoire, he can confuse his opponents, which is one of the reasons he’s had the success he’s had. Many of the skills he learnt at the online poker tables have been transferred successfully to the online game.
Bio: More About Shaun Deeb
Like a number of poker players, Shaun Deeb wasn’t particularly successful at school, preferring instead to try his hand at poker from an early age. At the age of sixteen he was hosting his own rebuy tournaments and he was doing this very successfully, so much so that he quit school. He was born at exactly the right time as the online poker boom was taking place at about the same time when he could legally play online. It wasn’t long before Deeb was playing 15 to 20 tournaments online at a time.
In 2010, at the age of 24 Deeb officially retired from poker, although this would only last a matter of two months, before the game drew him back in and he has been playing consistently ever since.
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